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Kingston University launch FREE Crowdfunding platform for students and staff

KU Backer

Kingston University is pleased to announce the launch of a dedicated crowdfunding platform KUBacker; developed in partnership with the educational crowdfunding experts at Hubbub.net.

Through KUBacker students and members of the University can solicit additional financial support to pursue creative and entrepreneurial ideas, and philanthropic projects, which will make a difference to the lives of their fellow students, the University, and the wider community.

KUBacker aims to empower students and staff, and help translate the ideas they are passionate about into reality. The platform will provide an easy to use infrastructure to leverage personal, professional and University related networks to gain funds for their innovative, entrepreneurial or high impact projects.

Already, a number of fantastic projects are successfully using the platform, with another 10-15 campaigns expected to be launched on the site between April 2016 to April 2017 (pilot year).

As additional support, Kingston University will be offering successful projects matching £ for £ funding on money raised from the Opportunities Fund.*

View current projects seeking funding >

What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is sponsorship by a crowd of many donors, each making an individual, small donation in return for a small reward, like a t-shirt or a project poster. It works really well for universities because there are large groups of people who want to see the projects succeed, such as students, alumni, and friends and family.

What kinds of projects will be posted on KUBacker?

Projects can be about almost anything, but must be initiated by a member of the Kingston University community - that is, a current student or member of staff. Projects must have a demonstrable impact, and will be judged on their goals, their creative or innovative merits, and the level of organisation and commitment demonstrated by the project team.

What are the benefits?

Crowdfunding campaigns launched on KUBacker, rather than other generic crowdfunding platforms, experience the following benefits:

  • Lower fees: Standard fees on similar crowdfunding websites can be anywhere between 4-12% of the total amount raised. KUBacker will not charge such platform fees as the platform is being provided by the University for the benefit of our students.
  • Gift Aid: For eligible projects, Kingston University can reclaim the tax paid by sponsors on their donations, boosting the funding available by up to 25%.
  • Standing out from the crowd: The site will be dedicated to projects from Kingston University and will not get lost in a mass of other projects from outside parties.
  • Professional advice: The Kingston University Development, Alumni Relations and Events team will provide advice and guidance on how to achieve fundraising success.

Find out more

To find out more visit KUBacker or contact:

* £ for £ funding eligible to approved, successful projects only; up to an agreed sum. Funding pool limit applies.

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Development, Alumni Relations and Engagement
Kingston University
Hind Court
106–114 London Road
Kingston Upon Thames
KT2 6TN

Alumni relations:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3178
Email us

Fundraising and Annual Fund:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3299
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Contact us

Development, Alumni Relations and Engagement
Kingston University
Hind Court
106–114 London Road
Kingston Upon Thames
KT2 6TN

Alumni relations:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3178
Email us

Fundraising and Annual Fund:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3299
Email us

Any other queries:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3664

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